May 09 2016

The 58th TV Week Logie Awards

waleedalyCongratulations to The Project‘s Waleed Aly (pictured), winner of the TV Week Gold Logie for Best Personality On Australian Television.

Aly won the award ahead of fellow nominees Scott Cam, Essie Davis, Grant Denyer, Lee Lin Chin and The Project colleague, last year’s Gold Logie winner Carrie Bickmore.

In his acceptance speech, Aly paid tribute to his fellow nominees, acknowledging that each brings something unique to the television landscape. In declaring his win as significant for diversity, he also dedicated his award to “Mustafa”, a member of the television industry who was in attendance at the Logies but who is not employed under his real name for fear that he would not have a job.

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Aly also collected the Silver Logie for Best Presenter and The Project won Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program.

Erik Thomson, from Seven‘s 800 Words, won the Silver Logie for Best Actor, while Love Child‘s Jessica Marais won Silver for Best Actress.

Home And Away again won the Logie for Best Drama Program, while Adam Dovile from Better Homes And Gardens won Best New Talent.

It was another win for The Living Room as Best Lifestyle Program, and The Footy Show (NRL) for Best Sports Program.

While Cam and Denyer were not to collect the Gold Logie, their respective programs — The Block and Family Feud — won Best Reality Program and Best Entertainment Program.

TV newcomer Gogglebox won Best Factual Program.

Aly’s Gold Logie win followed another significant milestone in Logies history. Noni Hazlehurst became only the second female, and the first since 2001, to be inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. From a career dating back to the 1970s and programs including The Ernie Sigley Show and The Box through to Play School, The Sullivans, Nancy Wake, Better Homes And Gardens, City Homicide and A Place To Call Home, Hazlehurst has been a steadfast advocate for children’s television. She is also a former host of the TV Week Logie Awards.

Alex Dimitriades won the industry-voted Logie for Most Outstanding Actor for his work in the SBS series The Principal. Deborah Mailman won Most Outstanding Actress for Redfern Now, while the ABC series Glitch won Most Outstanding Drama Series.

ABC also fared well in other industry-voted categories. Shaun Micallef‘s Mad As Hell won the Logie for Most Outstanding Comedy Program, and Gruen won Most Outstanding Entertainment Program. The Killing Season was awarded Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report, while ABC3 series Ready For This won Most Outstanding Children’s Program.

Ratings for the TV Week Logie Awards telecast were a small improvement on last year, with 1,119,000 viewers across the 5 major capital cities, averaged over the lengthy telecast. Though this figure may be revised when the later than scheduled finish time is taken into account. The Logies’ Red Carpet Arrivals scored 1,060,000.

The Nine Network won the night’s ratings with a share of 37.1%, ahead of Seven (24.9%), Ten (17.3%), ABC (15.4%) and SBS (5.3%). Nine’s primary channel which carried the Logies telecast rated 28.6%, more than 10 points ahead of Seven (17.6%), Ten (13.0%), ABC (11.7%) and SBS (3.3%).

Gold Logie — Best Personality on Australian Television:
Waleed Aly, The Project

Best Presenter: Waleed Aly, The Project

Best Actor: Erik Thomson, 800 Words

Best Actress: Jess Marais, Love Child

Best New Talent: Adam Dovile, Better Homes And Gardens

Best Lifestyle Program: The Living Room

Best Sports Program: The NRL Footy Show

Best Entertainment Program: Family Feud

Best Reality Program: The Block

Best Drama Program: Home And Away

Best Factual Program: Gogglebox

Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program:  The Project

Most Outstanding Actor: Alex Dimitriades, The Principal

Most Outstanding Actress: Deborah Mailman, Redfern Now

Most Outstanding Drama Series: Glitch

Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie: The Secret River

Most Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tim Minchin

Most Outstanding Supporting Actress: Celia Ireland, Wentworth

Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Ready For This

Most Outstanding Entertainment Program: Gruen

Most Outstanding News Coverage: Parramatta Shooting

Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: The Killing Season

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: KFC T20 Big Bash League

Most Outstanding Comedy Program: Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Noni Hazlehurst

Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor: Joel Jackson, Peter Allen: Not The  Boy Next Door

Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress: Melina Vidler, 800 Words

The Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star Of Tomorrow Award: Ky Baldwin, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door

Source: TV Week

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May 08 2016

TV Week Logie Awards: 10 years ago

tvweek_200506In 2006, after ten nominations and seeing his co-star Lisa McCune collect four over the years, it finally happened. Blue Heelers star John Wood collected the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian Television at the 48th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

“It’s wonderful, absolutely wonderful,” Wood told TV Week at the time. “I feel so humbled by the response that I’ve had from people all over the country. I feel deeply honoured.”

Wood’s win came at the expense of seven other nominees: Bridie Carter (McLeod’s Daughters), Ada Nicodemou (Home And Away), Bert Newton (Good Morning Australia), Bec Hewitt (Home And Away), Kate Ritchie (Home And Away), Rove McManus (Rove Live) and Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Neighbours). The eight nominees were subject to a public vote which didn’t close until just hours before the Gold was to be handed out.

Ironically, Wood’s Gold Logie win came after an announcement that Blue Heelers was to be axed after 12 years on air, but it was a fitting tribute for an actor and for his character, Tom Croydon, who had been with the series from day one. “This brings it to an absolutely beautiful close,” he said. “Tom Croydon became an iconic character for a lot of people. He’s the father figure of that show.”

johnwood_0002Wood (pictured) had also won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor for the second year in a row. His fellow nominees for the Silver included Home And Away‘s Chris Hemsworth.

The Logie for Most Popular Actress was won by Home And Away‘s Kate Ritchie. After almost 20 years as Sally Fletcher in the soap, this was Ritchie’s first Logie win. “It’s strange, because I’ve been going to the Logies for so long but at the same time, I’ve never felt like this before and I’m just thrilled. This was the one I really wanted to win,” she told TV Week.

rovemcmanus_0005Rove Live host Rove McManus won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter for the fourth consecutive year. Despite his acceptance speech mentioning just about everyone from his dentist to one of the Blakeney twins, he was certainly not blazé about the win. “It’s a marvellous award to get. It’s nice that they recognise presenters as people who aren’t actors, although I act like a presenter, so I think I cover both,” he told TV Week. It was to be the last time that McManus would attend the Logies with wife Belinda Emmett, who passed away from cancer later that year.

jodigordonpaulobrien_0002On top of Ritchie’s Silver Logie win, Home And Away won another three Logies — Most Popular New Male Talent (Paul O’Brien), Most Popular New Female Talent (Jodi Gordon) and Most Popular Australian Drama. “The show’s beautiful to watch — the location, the beaches,” O’Brien told TV Week. “Who doesn’t like the beach and the sunshine?” Gordon paid tribute to the show’s writers. “The writers deserve so much recognition,” she said. “The storylines are getting better and better.”

dancingwiththestarsAfter four seasons, Dancing With The Stars (with Daryl Somers and Sonia Kruger, pictured) won Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program, beating fellow nominees Deal Or No Deal, The Glass House, Rove Live and Spicks And Specks. Meanwhile, Australian Idol won Most Popular Reality Program for the third year in a row. Series judge Mark Holden, himself a Logie winner back in the 1970s, said the show wins because “it’s brilliantly produced — you see some young people blossoming, some crashing, some burning”.

Foxtel drama series Love My Way picked up three awards — Most Outstanding Drama Series and Silver Logies for Most Outstanding Actor (Dan Wyllie) and actress (Claudia Karvan). Love My Way‘s wins came just as the drama was given the green light for a third series.

Another big winner on the night was Chris Lilley, whose mockumentary series We Can Be Heroes was awarded Most Outstanding Comedy Program. Lilley, who played all six lead characters in the ABC series, also won the inaugural Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent.

Sigrid Thornton appeared on stage to induct ABC‘s Play School into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. The pre-school show was just a few months shy of its 40th birthday and became the third program in Logies history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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The awards presentation, held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on Sunday 7 May, had five hosts: Bert Newton, Lisa McCune, Georgie Parker, Ray Martin and Daryl Somers. All five are multiple Gold Logie winners, assembled to pay tribute to 50 years of Australian television. Overseas guests included pop star Pink, actors Chris Noth (Law And Order: Criminal Intent) and George Eads (CSI) and comedian Joan Rivers, who was awarded a special pink Logie. “It’s the ugliest award I have ever seen!,” she responded. “You can get it on eBay tomorrow!”

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Olympic athlete Cathy Freeman repeated her cameo appearance from We Can Be Heroes on stage in a musical number featuring Chris Lilley as Chinese musical theatre performer Ricky Wong. “She’s a really big fan of the show,” Lilley told TV Week. “She said yes straightaway. She was very nervous about singing.”

After the event TV Week conceded that some portions of the Logies presentation were cut from the delayed telecast. Comedian Heath Franklin‘s warm up act, as Chopper Read, featured plenty of colourful language, and an expletive from All Saints star John Howard was also cut. Viewers also missed out on co-host Somers making a dash to Shane Bourne‘s table to interview him… only to find Bourne was missing. “I was caught short,” Bourne later confessed.

Publicly-voted Awards:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: John Wood

kateritchie_0002Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: John Wood
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Kate Ritchie (pictured)
Silver Logie — Most Popular Presenter: Rove McManus

Most Popular New Male Talent: Paul O’Brien
Most Popular New Female Talent: Jodi Gordon

Most Popular Drama: Home And Away
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (NRL)
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: Backyard Blitz
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program: Dancing With The Stars
Most Popular Reality Program: Australian Idol

Industry-voted awards:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Play School

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Dan Wyllie
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Claudia Karvan
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Drama Series: Love My Way

Most Outstanding Children’s Program: Blue Water High
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: 2005 Super Cheap Auto 1000
Most Outstanding Comedy Program: We Can Be Heroes
Most Outstanding Documentary Series: He’s Coming South: The Attack On Sydney Harbour
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: “The Gathering Storm”, Australian Story
Most Outstanding News Coverage: Aceh: Last Man Standing
Most Outstanding Mini-Series Or Telemovie: The Incredible Journey Of Mary Bryant

Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent: Chris Lilley

The 58th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Tonight, Sunday 8 May, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

Source: TV Week, 20 May 2006.


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May 07 2016

TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

tvweek_230391The Seven Network‘s Steve Vizard was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian TV at the 33rd annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The Gold Logie came a year after Vizard, a cast member and producer of sketch comedy series Fast Forward, branched out to produce and host Seven’s late-night talk/variety show Tonight Live. Vizard took out the Gold ahead of fellow nominees Ray Martin, Daryl Somers and Jana Wendt.

Vizard also won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Male Personality.

The presentation, held at Melbourne’s World Congress Centre, was hosted by Somers and broadcast on the Nine Network.

The show began with Somers making his entrance to the stage from high up in the ceiling of the World Congress Centre via a flying fox. Somers, hosting the Logies for the second time (the first was in 1988) says he was “very happy” with his job as host. “It was a great team effort all around. It was a real buzz for me. I felt comfortable and relaxed. I really enjoyed it.” As for the high-rise entrance: “It was pretty spectacular, wasn’t it? In rehearsals, I was that harness for 45 minutes and it was so tight around the shoulders, I started to get dizzy. And the other part of the harness… well let’s just say that was a very uplifting experience!”


The opening of the Logies included a performance by Debbie Byrne and the Electric Legs dancers (pictured). Also performing on the night was Mark Williams, best known for his hit song Show No Mercy.

Overseas guests attending the Logies included actress Angie Dickinson and Twin Peaks stars Peggy Lipton and Michael Ontkean. For Lipton, it was a long-awaited arrival to the Logies. She had been invited 20 years earlier as a cast member of the then hit series The Mod Squad, but had the withdraw from attending due to illness. “I finally made it — better late than never,” she told TV Week.

georgieparker_0003Home And Away star Craig McLachlan won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor for the third year in a row — and 25 years later is nominated for the same award. A Country Practice star Georgie Parker (pictured) won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress, only a year after winning the Logie for Most Popular New Talent. “The Silver is great for A Country Practice,” she said. “It means people are really interested and watching.” It was a double celebration for A Country Practice that night, as series creator and executive producer James Davern had been inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. The award was in recognition of a career that had begun at the ABC in the early 1960s and included working on dramas Bellbird, Rush and Patrol Boat. His concept for a rural drama set around a local hospital was knocked back by Network Ten only to be picked up by Seven in 1981. At the time of this award, A Country Practice had been running for almost ten years and had sold well overseas. (Ironically, Network Ten ended up picking up the series in 1993 after Seven had axed it, but it was not to be a success for Ten)

magdaszubanskistevevizardFast Forward star Magda Szubanski (pictured with Vizard) won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Female Personality, but was more concerned whether or not she’d make it through the night as she’d been battling a virus for the past month. “I didn’t think I would make it through the show, but I’m okay,” she later told TV Week. Szubanski had also appeared as a guest presenter on the night as her alter ego Pixie Anne Wheatley. “Pixie seems to be a favourite, but I hope this award recognises all my work, not just one character.”

davidmccubbinanniejonesThe Seven Network mini-series Jackaroo collected three Logies — Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series as well as Most Popular Actor and Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series, which were won by David McCubbin and Annie Jones (pictured).

Actor Richard Huggett, formerly of E Street before moving onto Neighbours, was awarded Most Popular New Talent.

Veteran actor Michael Craig was awarded Most Outstanding Actor for his work on the ABC series GP, but was unable to attend as only a few days earlier had gone into hospital suffering from osteomylitis. The illness had taken Craig out of production for GP for several weeks and his Logie was accepted by colleague and fellow nominee John McTernan.

rebeccagibney_0001Rebecca Gibney (pictured), who played the part of Guinea in the ABC mini-series Come In Spinner, won the Logie for Most Outstanding Actress. “It was one of those roles that every actress in the country was after,” Gibney told TV Week. “I didn’t think I would have a chance.” Gibney had also won an AFI Award for the same role. Come In Spinner, the story of three women working in the Marie Antoinette Beauty Salon in Sydney during World War II, also took out the Logie for Most Outstanding Telemovie Or Mini-Series.

Four Corners won the Logie for Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs for Paul Barry‘s report on Independent Resources Ltd, which lost $200 million of shareholders’ funds and, at the time of the Four Corners report, was “still in business”. The report Other People’s Money, produced by Debbie Whitmont, had Barry travelling across Australia, to the Manila Stock Exchange, a Philippines gold mine, the US oil fields, the City of London and London’s stockbroker belt.

Ray Martin won the Logie for Most Outstanding Single Documentary Or Documentary Series for The Chelmsford Scream. Martin, whose original 60 Minutes report in 1981 on the controversial Chelmsford hospital in Sydney exposed some of the horrific treatment subjected to patients, had returned to 60 Minutes to lead the team covering the Royal Commission into the hospital. The resulting 60 Minutes documentary was named after the screams of patients who received a bolt of electricity to the head after heavy doses or barbiturates.

ABC journalist John Lombard won the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Achievement In News for his reports from the Soviet Union during 1990. It was a time of significant change for the Soviet Union and Lombard was the only Australian journalist based there since the ABC had established a bureau in Moscow in 1988.

Ray Martin and Daryl Somers may have missed out on the Gold Logie but both were successful in winning Logies for Most Popular Personality in their respective states, New South Wales and Victoria. Soapies Home And Away and Neighbours won Most Popular Program for NSW and Victoria respectively.

Seven’s Brisbane-based Family Feud won the Logie for Most Popular Program In Queensland, with its host Rob Brough (now a newsreader for the Seven Network in regional Queensland) winning the award for Most Popular Personality In Queensland.

Seven’s other afternoon game show, the Adelaide-based Wheel Of Fortune, collected the Logie for Most Popular Program In South Australia. And it was yet another Logie Award for longtime Adelaide favourite Anne Wills for Most Popular Personality In South Australia.

In Western Australia, viewers voted Seven Nightly News and newsreader Rick Ardon as the most popular from their state. In Tasmania their state-based awards were won by Tasmania Today and its co-host Robyn Martin.

The Logie Award for Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television was won by No Fixed Address, a documentary from WIN Television in Wollongong. Presented by Mary Franks, No Fixed Address examined the issue of youth homelessness, with the Wollongong and Illawarra area used as an example. The public response from the program included offers of support, accommodation and jobs to many homeless children.

TV Week Logie Winners 1991: Publicly-voted categories

Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality On Australian TV: Steve Vizard

Silver Logie – Most Popular Actor On Australian TV: Craig McLachlan
Silver Logie – Most Popular Actress On Australian TV: Georgie Parker

Most Popular Series: Home And Away
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program: Fast Forward
Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program: Burke’s Backyard
Most Popular Telemovie or Mini-Series: Jackaroo
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Male Personality: Steve Vizard
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Female Personality:Magda Szubanski
Most Popular Sports Coverage: Cricket
Most Popular Actor in a Telemovie or Mini-Series: David McCubbin
Most Popular Actress in a Telemovie or Mini-Series: Annie Jones
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection
Most Popular Music Video: Chain Reaction (John Farnham)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair
Most Popular New Talent: Richard Huggett

jamesdavernTV Week Logie Winners 1991: Industry-voted categories

Gold Logie – Hall Of Fame: James Davern (pictured with Lorrae Desmond and Penny Cook)

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Michael Craig
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Rebecca Gibney

Most Outstanding Single Drama or Mini-Series: Come In Spinner
Most Outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs: Other People’s Money (Four Corners, ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement in News: John Lombard (ABC)
Most Outstanding Single Documentary or Series: The Chelmsford Scream
Most Outstanding Achievement by Regional Television: No Fixed Address (WIN)

TV Week Logie Winners 1991: State-based categories (Most Popular Personality, Most Popular Program):

New South Wales: Ray Martin, Home And Away.
Victoria: Daryl Somers, Neighbours
Queensland: Rob Brough, Family Feud
South Australia: Anne Wills, Wheel Of Fortune
Western Australia: Rick Ardon, Seven Nightly News
Tasmania: Robyn Martin, Tasmania Today

The 58th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 8 May, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

Source: TV Week, 16 March 1991. TV Week, 23 March 1991.


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May 06 2016

TV Week Logie Awards: 50 years ago

gordonchater_0001Gordon Chater (pictured), from sketch comedy series The Mavis Bramston Show, won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV at the 8th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The presentation was held at Melbourne’s Southern Cross Hotel on Monday, 21 March 1966, though there appears to have been no televised or press coverage of the event. Even TV Week had not put Chater on the front cover of its post-Logies issue.

Chater’s co-star Carol Raye won the Logie for Best Female Personality. It seems since Lorrae Desmond‘s Gold Logie win in 1962 that females were not deemed worthy of the Gold award, with the highest accolade for a female personality being silver.

The Mavis Bramston Show not surprisingly won the Logie for Best Live Show. The win came after a huge year for the show which had expanded to a national audience. But by the time of the Logie wins, both Chater and Raye were no longer associated with the program. Chater had moved on to a proposed sitcom, Fiddlers Three, which was not to come to fruition. He had more success in the ensemble cast of sitcom My Name’s McGooley, What’s Yours? for the Seven Network, while Raye had made the switch to Sydney station TEN10 for her new show, ’66 And All That.

Seven’s drama series Homicide, well established as a ratings hit, won the Logie for Best Drama for the second year running.

An ABC special, Birth, won the award for Best Documentary. The 50-minute program, produced by Jim White of Melbourne’s ABV2, documented the process of the birth of his daughter, Hilary. The idea for the documentary had come from his wife. The film had already been commended with a special award at the Australian Film Awards and had attracted interest from TV broadcasters in other countries.

The Logies also made two special award presentations. The talent quest series Showcase ’65 was awarded a Logie for Outstanding Contribution To The Development Of Talent, while The Magic Circle Club received a special award for Outstanding Contribution To Children’s Television.

bobdollydyer_0001And as the quiz show Pick A Box entered its 10th year on TV, the show’s co-host, Dolly Dyer, was given a rather unique award, “For Her Cheerful Devotion To Bob And Their Show”. The husband and wife team (pictured) had worked together since Pick A Box began as a radio program in the late 1940s.

In the state-based categories, in Victoria it was a clean sweep by In Melbourne Tonight, winning Victoria’s most popular program and with host Graham Kennedy and IMT regular Mary Hardy taking out the most popular personality awards.

Don Lane and his TCN9 program Tonight With Don Lane were winners in New South Wales along with ABC presenter Diana Ward. Brisbane-based variety program Theatre Royal won for most popular program from Queensland for the fifth year running.

In South Australia it was another win for Adelaide Tonight and for host Ernie Sigley, voted the state’s most popular male personality for the third year in a row.

Afternoon variety show Anything Goes, from Hobart’s TVT6, took out all three awards for Tasmania — with the program and its two hosts, John Crook and Caroline Schmit, each claiming a Logie.

Overseas guests at the Logie Awards included British comedian Jimmy Edward and Coronation Street stars Doris Speed, Arthur Leslie and Pat Phoenix.

National Awards:

Gold Logie: Gordon Chater

Best Female Personality: Carol Raye
Best Teenage Personality: Normie Rowe

homicide_0004Best Live Show: The Mavis Bramston Show
Best Drama: Homicide (pictured)
Best Documentary: Birth
Best Commercial: Coca-Cola
TV Week/PAN AM Award Best Overseas Show: The Dick Van Dyke Show

Outstanding Contribution To The Development Of Talent: Showcase ’65
Outstanding Contribution To Children’s Television: The Magic Circle Club

For Her Cheerful Devotion To Bob And Her Show: Dolly Dyer

State Awards:

NSW: Don Lane, Diana Ward, Tonight With Don Lane
VIC: Graham Kennedy, Mary Hardy, In Melbourne Tonight
QLD: Gerry Gibson, Jill Edwards, Theatre Royal
SA: Ernie Sigley, Pam Western, Adelaide Tonight
TAS: John Crook, Caroline Schmit, Anything Goes

The 58th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 8 May, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.

Source: TV Week


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May 01 2016

Nine switches ties to Southern Cross

9_logo_2009_0002The biggest shake-up in Australian regional television since aggregation is set to unfold with the announcement that Southern Cross Austereo has secured a five-year affiliation deal with the Nine Network — essentially bringing an end to the 27-year partnership that Nine has had with WIN for carrying Nine’s programs to much of regional eastern Australia.

The move will similarly see Southern Cross Austereo — which operates the Southern Cross Ten brand in regional Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and the ACT — abandon its 20+ year affiliation to the Ten Network.

brucegordon_2Under the deal SCA will pay Nine 50 per cent of its advertising revenue for access to Nine’s program and channel suite. Under its previous agreement, WIN was believed to be paying 39 per cent of ad revenue but Nine has long been seeking to increase that premium. The relationship between Nine and WIN has also been strained in recent times with WIN’s unsuccessful legal attempt to block Nine’s online portal 9Now from being accessed from regional markets. Bruce Gordon (pictured), the Bermuda-based billionaire who owns WIN, also has a 14.99 per cent stake in both the Nine and Ten networks.

The new affiliation deal for Southern Cross Ten in Queensland, Southern NSW/ACT and Victoria to take over Nine’s programming and identity is set for 1 July.

While WIN and Network Ten have yet to announce their plans for July onwards, it would be almost fair to assume that WIN will have little choice but to align to Ten for its program supply for its Queensland, Southern NSW/ACT and Victorian markets. WIN has very little of its own programming and production infrastructure and apart from a wealth of vintage material from the Crawfords Australia archive — which WIN owns — there isn’t much else in its programming vault unless it can strike a deal to purchase content from alternative sources.

Southern Cross has announced that it will maintain its relay of the Ten Network in Northern NSW and the Gold Coast as that region is already covered by Nine’s owned-and-operated outlet, NBN. The change of Southern Cross to Nine in the mainland eastern states is also not expected to alter the company’s Seven Network affiliation in Tasmania, Darwin and central/remote Australia, or likewise to change WIN’s arrangements with Nine in Tasmania and regional WA.

The move is also unlikely to have any impact in regional South Australia, where WIN and Southern Cross are commercial monopolies in their respective areas and already re-broadcast all three metropolitan networks to those areas.

What is unknown at this stage is how this new environment will impact on local news coverage in the regional areas. Regional viewers in many markets have seen local news service wound back or wiped out completely over the last 20 years across all regional operators. WIN has maintained local news bulletins through much of its NSW/ACT, Queensland and Victorian stations for a cost of around $20 million a year. With WIN potentially likely to adopt a Ten network feed, ratings and income will be lower and it is to be seen how this will impact on WIN’s ability to maintain the services it currently does. In the last year WIN has already shutdown news production facilities in Canberra and Ballarat and closed news bulletins covering Mackay and Mildura. Switching to Ten or other program sources may see WIN seek to reduce news production costs further.

southerncrosstenLikewise, Southern Cross Ten already operates only a basic drip-feed news service comprising of pre-recorded two-minute updates broadcast at various times of the day from a centralised news room in Canberra. With the added cost of aligning to the Nine Network the network will likely be looking for cost efficiencies elsewhere — although the centralised newsroom model probably does not leave much room for cost cutting and SCA is already only barely accounting for the local news content quotas demanded by the broadcasting regulations.

Source: The Age


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Apr 30 2016

1996: April 27-May 3

tvweek_270496Ray grabs Gold again!
A Current Affair host Ray Martin has won his fifth Gold Logie — and now an unprecedented four in a row — and has lashed out at his critics, specifically media commentator Phillip Adams and Media Watch host Stuart Littlemore. “Gee, Phillip Adams is going to be upset now, and there’ll be no Christmas cards from him or Stuart Littlemore,” Martin said in his acceptance. Both Adams and Littlemore were critical of ACA in recent times, in particular over the show’s reporting on unemployed teenagers the Paxtons. Martin also defended his award in the face of its critics. “There is an ongoing criticism of shows that rate or people or programs who get these awards,” he said. “I thought TV was about being a popular medium. That doesn’t mean we don’t do an interview with the Prime Minister, but, nevertheless we’ve got to do something that people like. Programs such as Blue Heelers, Burke’s Backyard and 60 Minutes are world-class programs and I don’t think we should apologise for them.”

Silver Logie winner, Blue Heelers star Lisa McCune said she had never prepared an acceptance speech, fearing it would jinx herself. “Speeches? I think they’re bad luck and I kind of like to think that they should be spontaneous,” she told TV Week. She dedicated her win to the cast and crew of Blue Heelers, but was mortified to later realise she had failed to mention former cast member Grant Bowler.  Meanwhile, former Home And Away star Dieter Brummer collected the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor for the second year in a row. In his acceptance speech he paid special tribute to his ex-girlfriend, even though he has since been linked to another woman. “We had a lot of great times together and she’s been a major influence in my career,” he said. “I figured why not thank her, because without her support, who knows what may have happened?”

lisamccuneraymartinRay’s Logies laugh
Ray Martin act… I’d like to see that,” said Blue Heelers star John Wood. And with that introduction, the Logies audience was treated to Martin playing a policeman alongside Blue HeelersLisa McCune. Viewers also got to see some other unusual pairings — including GladiatorsVulcan hosting current affairs program Sunday, and Humphrey B Bear joining The Movie Show‘s David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz. 

TV Week Logie Award Winners 1996: Public Voting Categories:

lisamccunedieterbrummerGold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Ray Martin

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Dieter Brummer (Home And Away)
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers)

Most Popular Series: Home And Away
Most Popular Drama: Police Rescue
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality: Daryl Somers (Hey Hey It’s Saturday)
Most Popular Comedy Program: Full Frontal
Most Popular Comedy Personality: Magda Szubanski (Big Girls Blouse)
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair
Most Popular Lifestyle/Information Program: Better Homes And Gardens
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (AFL)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection
Most Popular New Talent: Nic Testoni (Home And Away)

TV Week Logie Award Winners 1996; Industry Voted Categories:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Maurie Fields (posthumously)

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Richard Roxburgh (Blue Murder)
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Jacqueline McKenzie (Halifax fp)

Most Outstanding Achievement In Drama Production: Blue Murder
Most Outstanding Documentary: Untold Desires
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: “Mururoa Protests”, Nine Network
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “Minor Surgery, Major Risk”, Four Corners
Most Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: Frontline, Episode 7: “Divide The Community, Multiply The Ratings”
Most Outstanding Achievement By A Regional Network: No Time For Frailty (Prime)


  • Nine‘s recent ratings success with Ray Martin‘s interview special featuring Robin Williams has seen some red faces at Seven. Apparently Seven had done a deal for Williams to be interviewed on the first Witness program with Jana Wendt and to appear on a special hosted by Andrew Denton. But then Seven decided it didn’t have room for the Williams interview in the first Witness show, so the deal was dropped and Williams subsequently appeared on Nine.
  • Plans for the new aviation drama Big Sky are now back on track with a deal set to be done by producer Southern Star Xanadu with Network Ten. Meanwhile, Peter Phelps is now no longer being considered for the cast, but producers are still keen on Jeremy Callaghan joining Gary Sweet in the project.
  • Seven‘s Blue Heelers celebrates its 100th episode this week. Cast member Martin Sacks, who has been with the series since day one, is amazed at the show’s success. “When the show started, we all said, ‘Well, let’s see how long this is going to last’. And there have been times we wondered if it would continue,” he told TV Week.
  • Rumours around the industry indicate that Nine‘s Eddie McGuire is going to join Optus Vision.
  • davidrobertsABC‘s long-awaited drama Mercury begins this week. The 13-part series is set in a newspaper office, starring Geoffrey Rush, Victoria Longley, David Roberts, Susan Lyons, Julie Forsyth, Michael Veitch, Robin Ramsay, Sue Ingleton and Ann Burbrook. Guest stars include Robert Grubb, Pamela Rabe and Alan Dale. Although the series is regarded as fictional there are parallels to be found with real life. “It’s about a Sunday broadsheet in an Australian state with a conservative government. You can read what you like into that,” Roberts (pictured) told TV Week.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 7 April 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 2411000
2 Our House Nine Wed 2147000
3 ER Nine Thu 2079000
4 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1977000
5 JAG Seven Mon 1956000
6 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1885000
7 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1871000
8 National Nine News Nine Sat 1838000
9 National Nine News Nine M-F 1831000
10 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1819000
11 Weddings Nine Wed 1798000
12 Ellen Seven Thu 1739000
13 Robin Williams Unplugged Nine Wed 1731000
14 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Nine Tue 1689000
15 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1668000
16 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1648000
17 Gladiators Seven Sat 1613000
18 National Nine News Nine Sun 1598000
19 Seven Nightly News Seven Sat 1564000
20 The Nanny Ten Sun 1528000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, April 27-May 3):
Saturday: In Sweat (6.30pm, Ten), Monique’s (Natalie Saleeba) temporary coach, handsome diving champion Paul Steadman (Simon Baker Denny), allows her to believe that he is in love with her. Saturday Night Football (8.30pm, Seven) features Sydney Swans versus Hawthorn, live from the Sydney Cricket Ground.

kristieraymondSunday: AFL Sunday includes Brisbane Bears versus Fitzroy (1pm, Seven), live from Brisbane, followed by highlights of St Kilda versus Footscray (5pm, Seven) from Waverley Park, Melbourne. In Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River (6.30pm, Nine), Matt (Andrew Clarke) and Danni (Kristie Raymond, pictured) have a major disagreement over his plans to send her to finishing school. Sunday night movies are China Moon (Seven), Roswell (Nine) and A Few Good Men (Ten).

Monday: In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), Kevin Holloway’s (Jeremy Callaghan) car is found still with the keys in the ignition at The Gap — a notorious suicide spot; and Goldie (Catherine McClements) is served with court papers seeking to cut off access to her son. Andrew Daddo hosts the special 40 Years Of Comedy (8.30pm, Seven), looking at the history of comedy on Australian television, featuring The Mavis Bramston Show, Fast Forward, Dame Edna Everage and The Naked Vicar Show.

Tuesday: In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a child appears to have the symptoms of conduct disorder. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), Mt Thomas police station finally gets the replacement they’ve been waiting for just in time to help them deal with a rodeo cowboy who seems to be sending his young son out to steal.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Michael’s (Dennis Coard) body is found. In Fire (9.30pm, Seven), Nugget (Danny Adcock) confronts Greta (Fiona MacGregor) over her involvement in the sexual harassment case, while Pru (Angela Punch McGregor) comes under from the media over the inquiry. In Pacific Drive (11.40pm, Nine), Joel (Adrian Lee) makes Amber (Christine Stephen-Daly) an offer she can’t refuse; while Adam (Mark Constable) gives Georgina (Kate Raison) the wrong idea about their friendship.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Rob Evans’ (Graham Harvey) job offer to Jo (Emma Harrison) stirs up gossip between Cheryl (Caroline Gillmer) and Marlene (Moya O’Sullivan). In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Summer Bay gets together to pay respects to Michael (Dennis Coard). In the debut episode of Mercury (8.30pm, ABC), a mysterious fax from an unknown source sets the Sunday Mercury’s political reporter on to an investigation that threatens to overturn the inner sanctums of the government.

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Chloe (Kristy Wright) bids a sad farewell to her mother. Friday Night Football includes Sydney Swans versus Essendon (7.30pm, Seven), live from Sydney, followed by a delayed telecast of Geelong versus North Melbourne from the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 27 April 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.

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1996: April 20-26

tvweek_200496Angel’s baby — it’s a girl!
Home And Away‘s newest addition is born in episodes to go to air this week. Angel (Melissa George) gives birth to daughter Shane — named after the baby’s recently-deceased father. Of course, the baby’s birth — already 10 weeks premature — is in dramatic circumstances. Summer Bay is hit by a flood and attempts to get Angel to hospital are hampered by the rising waters. She manages to get to Pippa’s in time to give birth, just as Pippa (Debra Lawrance) receives the news that her husband Michael (Dennis Coard) has died in the flood. “It was all very intense and amazing,” George told TV Week of the episodes. “We had three night shoots in a row until 6am, and it was very exciting, and in the end it came out a masterpiece.”

mauriefields_0001Memories of Maurie
The late Maurie Fields (pictured), who passed away in December 1995, is to be inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. Fields, whose wife Val Jellay will accept his award, had a showbusiness career dating back over 50 years and appeared on television from its very early days. A performer on variety show Sunnyside Up, Fields later moved into acting, with credits including Hunter, Homicide, Bellbird, Division 4, Matlock Police, The Sullivans, Bobby Dazzler, A Town Like Alice, Skyways, Prisoner and Neighbours. He starred alongside Jellay in the long-running series The Flying Doctors. Since Fields’ sudden passing, Jellay has been overwhelmed by the public response. “The overseas fan clubs — particularly the European ones (where The Flying Doctors was a hit) — are still writing. And the number of cards and flowers that have arrived is just amazing,” she told TV Week.

Logies online!
The 38th annual TV Week Logie Awards is going online! The website, designed and hosted by Melbourne-based company InfoWeb, is best viewed on the Netscape 2.0 browser using either Windows 95 or Windows NT. The website features photos and information about all the nominees for the upcoming Logies presentation, plus a Logies history and a sneak peek at this year’s telecast. Java technology has also been used to build an interactive game, with successful players entered into the draw to win a personal home page and a 12-month subscription to TV Week.

martinhendersonSusie makes Martin sweat!
Swimming champion Susie O’Neill has taken some time out of her pre-Olympics training schedule to offer some tips to actor Martin Henderson (pictured), who is playing the part of swimmer Tom Nash in the new Network Ten series Sweat. “He looks pretty good,” she told TV Week. “But his butterfly needs a bit of work.” The 13-part series debuts on Network Ten this week. “The timing is perfect with the Olympics coming up,” Henderson told TV Week. “I learned a lot about the lives of athletes. My character’s life is based on winning, but often his relationships suffer as a result.”


  • Former Blue Heelers star Grant Bowler has made a surprise move to a role in Nine‘s late-night soap Pacific Drive. He plays the part of Garth Stephen, the brother of Adam (Mark Constable). “Garth is a mysterious character, who arrives in Pacific Drive, leather-clad, on a motorbike,” a Nine Network spokesperson told TV Week.
  • Foxtel‘s new soap opera parody Shark Bay is set to feature a host of celebrities making cameo appearances. The first is set to be Vulcan from Gladiators — according to a keen viewer who spied the lycra-clad star doing publicity shots with the show’s cast at a Melbourne beach.
  • katefischer_0002The Nine Network has ordered another ten episodes of the lifestyle program Time Out For Serious Fun. The series, produced by Don Burke‘s production company and hosted by Kate Fischer (pictured), is expected to also feature London-based Jonathan Coleman.
  • Gloria Reuben, from the hit US series ER, is to join Hollywood actress Holly Hunter as a celebrity guest at this week’s TV Week Logie Awards.
  • Beyond 2000, noted a few weeks ago as being quietly bumped out of Ten‘s Saturday evening schedule, has since returned at the even earlier time of 3.30pm.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 31 March 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 2404000
2 National Nine News Nine Sun 1809000
3 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1790000
4 JAG Seven Mon 1767000
5 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1761000
6 National Nine News Nine M-F 1686000
7 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1663000
8 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1625000
9 Our House Nine Wed 1622000
10 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1601000
11 Chicago Hope Seven Wed 1600000
12 Pride And Prejudice ABC Sun 1572000
13 The Nanny Ten Sun 1567000
14 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Nine Tue 1563000
15 National Nine News Nine Sat 1535000
16 Weddings Nine Wed 1523000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1511000
18 Movie: Major League Ten Sun 1452000
19 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1439000
20 Gladiators Seven Sat 1419000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, April 20-26):
Saturday: In the series debut of Sweat (6.30pm, Ten), swimmer Tom Nash (Martin Henderson) has to face the reality of losing a race because he was over-confident, while also contending with his budding relationship with gymnast Tats (Inge Hornstra).

logies_1996Sunday: AFL Sunday includes West Coast Eagles versus Geelong (2pm, Seven), live from Perth, followed by highlights of Richmond versus Sydney Swans (5pm, Seven) from the MCG. Daryl Somers hosts the 38th annual TV Week Logie Awards (8.30pm, Nine) from the Melbourne Park Function Centre. The awards presentation features guest star Holly Hunter and performances by John Farnham and Kate Ceberano. Sunday night movies are the 1963 classic The Great Escape (repeat, Seven) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Ten). Nightly coverage of highlights of the Olympic Swimming Selection Trials begins from Homebush, Sydney (11.05pm, Nine).

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Karl (Alan Fletcher) tries to come to terms with the fact that Tom (Bob Hornery) is not his real father; while Andrew (Christopher Uhlmann) confides with Susan (Jackie Woodburne) about his relationship with another man. In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), the woman whose boyfriend was shot dead by Rachel Goldstein (Catherine McClements) is released from jail on parole and keeps turning up wherever Goldie happens to be.

Tuesday: In The Great Outdoors (8pm, Seven), Frankie J Holden enjoys the quiet pleasures of a Perth wine tasting cruise about the ship Mystique. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a school teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a ten-year-old student.

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Andrew (Christopher Uhlmann) faces innuendos from students about his homosexuality. Lucky Grills (Bluey) guest stars in Fire (9.30pm, Seven).

angryandersonThursday (Anzac Day): Special Anzac Day programming includes live coverage of the Anzac Day March (9.05am, ABC); and later a special one-hour edition of A Current Affair (6.30pm, Nine) featuring a team of celebrities, led by Angry Anderson (pictured) and including Colette Mann, Grant Kenny, Dr Kerryn Phelps and Dermott Brereton, retracing the 100 kilometre Kokoda Trail. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Fisher (Norman Coburn) proposes marriage to Marilyn (Emily Symons). Science and technology series Quantum (8pm, ABC) makes its return.

Friday: Friday Night Football (8.30pm, Seven) features Fremantle Dockers versus Melbourne, live from Perth.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 20 April 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.




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1996: April 13-19

tvweek_130496Dieter’s Logies challenge
In the lead up to the 38th annual TV Week Logie Awards, Sale Of The Century is to feature a week-long contest, the Logies Special Challenge. The week of special shows includes various TV Week Logie Award winners from throughout the decades — including Don Lane, Johnny Young, Bobby Limb, Jeanne Little, Jimmy Hannan, Tommy Hanlon Jnr, Jamie Redfern, Richard Huggett, Barbie Rogers and Dieter Brummer. Former Home And Away star Brummer (pictured with Sale co-host Nicky Buckley) says there is a certain irony in his appearance on the show. “Sale screens opposite Home And Away,” he told TV Week. “My parents still watch it (Sale Of The Century) quite often — even though Home And Away is on at the same time!”

Summer Bay watch
A cast of familiar faces from Australian soaps feature in the new Foxtel soap parody Shark Bay. The new series, to debut in July, is based on the premise that it’s already been running for 24 years and over 8000 episodes, so is exploiting every soap opera cliche in the book. The sun-soaked beach setting of Shark Bay is meant to resemble the Gold Coast, but in a nod to the classic soapie dud Holiday Island, is being filmed on location in the industrial suburb of Port Melbourne. The cast line-up includes Rowena Wallace (Sons And Daughters), Dieter Brummer (Home And Away), Zoe Bertram (The Restless Years, Paradise Beach), Raelee Hill (Paradise Beach, Neighbours), Tina Thomsen (Home And Away) and Kate Gorman (Neighbours). Shark Bay also features Tiriel Mora (Frontline) and Canadian actor Doug Penty (Paradise Beach). Brummer plays the part of nerdish computer guy Brad — a far cry from the often-shirtless Shane he played in Home And Away. “It’s hysterical,” Brummer told TV Week. “Brad is such a nerd and never takes his shirt off… it’s someone else’s turn this time!”

Where to now for Richard?
Actor Richard Grieve, who recently finished up on Neighbours, is now left unemployed after plans to work in the UK have been blocked by his work visa being rejected. The knock back follows an ongoing campaign by British Actors’ Equity to resist too many Australian actors scoring UK work. Grieve was set to play the lead role of Danny in the West End production of Grease, a role he had accepted while in the UK over Christmas. “My agent had been working for three months to get my visa through, and while I was always aware there could be difficulties in this area, it doesn’t lessen the disappointment,” he told TV Week. “Working on a project of this calibre — at an international level — is every actor’s dream. I love the show and I love singing and dancing.” Despite the UK disappointment, Grieve is not sorry to have left Neighbours. “I believe that two years is a nice amount of time to be in a show and I decided it was time to explore other opportunities.” Another former Neighbours star, Dan Falzon, had also been offered a part in Grease but similarly missed out on gaining a visa.

hugoweavingfrankgallacherTropical nightmare
ABC‘s new two-part mini-series The Bite screens this week… but the series had to overcome a massive setback leading up to its production. The Bite, set in Burma, was to be filmed in Vietnam on the basis of political unrest in Burma. Months of planning had gone into preparing for location shoots in Vietnam but the government in Hanoi withdrew its support at the last minute. “It was a political decision because The Bite is about drugs,” director Michael Carson told TV Week. The production crew had managed to secure alternative filming sites in Phuket, Thailand, at barely a week’s notice. “We’d usually have a month to organise everything. For this shoot we had one week.”  The Bite stars Hugo Weaving, Pamela Rabe, Rebekah Jay, Arthur Angel, Frank Gallacher (pictured with Weaving), Chris Simpson and British actress Lesley Manville.


  • sofieformica_0001Former Just Kidding co-host Sofie Formica (pictured) has filmed a guest role in the US series Murder She Wrote. The episode, based on the premise that Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) flew to Australia to solve a crime, was actually filmed in Los Angeles. Other Australians to appear in the episode include Nick Tate and Briony Behets.
  • No expense was spared in the lead up to the launch of Seven‘s new current affairs program Witness, hosted by Jana Wendt. Rehearsals for the first show were said to include a two-hour satellite link to Taiwan for Wendt to do mock story intros. Estimated cost for the exercise was a mere $30,000.
  • peterscarfSixteen-year-old Peter Scarf (pictured) is the first in the upcoming influx of new cast members into Home And Away. Scarf plays the part of rich brat Liam Tanner, who moves in with foster parents Pippa (Debra Lawrance) and Michael (Dennis Coard).
  • The Seven Network has said no to a third series of Fire, leaving the series producer, Liberty Films, to pursuing a new series for Network Ten. The medical drama has the working title of Adrenaline Junkies and various Fire cast members have auditioned for roles.
  • Former E Street star Simon Baker-Denny has scored a role in a Hollywood pilot, a Western called The Last Best Place In Town.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 24 March 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 ER Nine Thu 1973000
2 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1874000
3 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1696000
4 Ellen Seven Thu 1674000
5 JAG Seven Mon 1660000
6 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1640000
7 National Nine News Nine Sun 1634000
8 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1614000
9 National Nine News Nine M-F 1599000
10 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1594000
11 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1580000
12 National Nine News Nine Sat 1580000
13 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1575000
14 Our House Nine Wed 1568000
15 The Nanny Ten Sun 1567000
16 Chicago Hope Seven Wed 1530000
17 Hudson Street Ten Sun 1504000
18 Movie: Forever Young Nine Sun 1497000
19 The X Files Ten Wed 1479000
20 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Nine Tue 1469000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, April 13-19):
Saturday: Saturday Night Football (8.30pm, Seven) features Brisbane Bears versus Richmond, live from Brisbane.

Sunday: AFL Sunday features Sydney Swans versus Collingwood (1pm, Seven), live from Sydney, followed by Fremantle Dockers versus Carlton (4pm, Seven), live from Perth. Sunday night movies are The Last Seduction (Seven) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Debbie (Kim Lewis) deliberately cuts herself to get Travis’ (Nic Testoni) attention; and Jeremy (David Stanley) is hauled out of class for cheating. In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), Goldie (Catherine McClements) and Holloway (Colin Friels) investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl they believe has been murdered by her father.

stevebisley_0001Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Luke (Bernard Curry) takes drastic action in a bid to keep his cancer diagnosis a secret from Ramsay Street residents. In The Great Outdoors (8pm, Seven), Frankie J Holden checks out the best surfing in the world in Western Australia. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), traumatised by Sonia’s (Zoe Carides) death, Henry (Steve Bisley, pictured) throws himself into his work.

Wednesday: Mini-series The Bite (8.30pm, ABC) tells the story of an unsuspecting couple forced into a living nightmare. Angela Punch-McGregor guest stars in Fire (9.30pm, Seven).

juliamorris_0004Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Grampa Tom (Bob Hornery) struggles to find a quiet moment with Karl (Alan Fletcher) to tell him the long held secret that could change their relationship forever. The special, Zoo Doctor (7.30pm, Nine) looks at the role of vets at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, hosted by Tracy Grimshaw. Sketch comedy Full Frontal (8.30pm, Seven) returns for a new series, featuring Eric Bana, Julia Morris (pictured), Kim Gyngell, Shaun Micallef, Daina Reed and John Walker. 

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Kelly (Katrina Hobbs) is bitten by a funnel web spider. Friday Night Football (8.30pm, Seven) features Brisbane Bears versus North Melbourne, live from Brisbane.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 13 April 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.




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Obituary: Bruce Mansfield

brucemansfield_0001Bruce Mansfield, prominent media identity in Melbourne for 50 years, has died at the age of 71.

Mansfield had been diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.

The nephew of popular 1940s and 1950s radio host Terry Dear, Mansfield’s first break in radio came in winning a competition for a junior announcing position at Melbourne station 3UZ.

He later presented on 3XY and did voice over announcing at GTV9. At around this time he first met Philip Brady, someone who he would become well associated with in years to come.

At GTV9, as well as announcing, Mansfield appeared in comedy skits on shows like Cartoon Corner with Daryl Somers and In Melbourne Tonight. But his career took a different turn when he moved across to rival channel ATV0 in 1973, initially as a booth announcer and warm up guy but later became newsreader. He presented the weekend news at first before being promoted to fronting the channel’s main weeknight bulletin in 1974. It was a role that he held for six years.

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The change of management when ATV0 changed to ATV10 saw Mansfield move to voice over announcing and other duties such as hosting movie matinees. This led to a shift back to radio as part of the top-rating breakfast show on 3AW, working alongside John Blackman and later Darren James.

After a stint that followed at 3AK, Mansfield returned to 3AW in 1990 to host its weekly nostalgia program Remember When and talkback show Nightline, both with Philip Brady. Theirs was to be a successful partnership that, apart from a brief hiatus in 2000, continued until last year when Mansfield was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

While hosting Remember When and Nightline, Mansfield continued to make appearances on television, including Rove Live, Good Morning Australia and nostalgia special The Way We Were. He also presented Night Owl Theatre and Mansfield’s Melbourne in the early days of what is now C31. In more recent years he appeared in the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal telethon.

In 2014 there was a campaign for Mansfield to go back to read the news at Ten Eyewitness News for the channel’s 50th anniversary. The newsreading gig was not to be but he did appear in a report for the station’s birthday as well as on the special 50 Years Young.

Bruce Mansfield is survived by wife Jill, their children and grandchildren.

Source: 3AW. Tales From The Scrapbook, Bruce Mansfield and Philip Brady, 1993.



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1996: April 6-12

tvweek_060496Cover: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson (The X Files)

Logies: The Famous Five
TV Week has announced the nominations for the upcoming 38th annual TV Week Logie Awards. In a change with tradition, each category will have five nominations and all but the Gold category will be narrowed to three nominations on the big night. Meanwhile, John Farnham has been announced as a guest performer on Logies night, three years after he took to the Logies stage with Tom Jones. “I get nervous about every big gig and the Logies is a big one,” he told TV Week. Kate Ceberano will also be performing at the Logies, singing the all-important opening number.  Producer Peter Wynne, working on his fourth Logies, says the emphasis will be on celebration. “Because it’s TV’s 40th anniversary in Australia this year, we’ll reflect on some elements of the past, but the show won’t be based on that,” he said. “In the presentation area, we’re going for a lot of people who are very humourous.”

Nominations: TV Week Logie Awards publicly-voted categories:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Dieter Brummer, Melissa George, Ray Martin, Lisa McCune, Daryl Somers

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Dieter Brummer, Guy Pearce, Martin Sacks, Gary Sweet, John Wood

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Tempany Deckert, Isla Fisher, Melissa George, Rebecca Gibney, Lisa McCune

Most Popular New Talent: Kate Fischer, Katrina Hobbs, Wendy Mooney, Nic Testoni, Vulcan

Most Popular Lifestyle/Information Program: Better Homes And Gardens, Burke’s Backyard, Getaway, The Great Outdoors, Talk To The Animals

Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection, A*Mazing, Bananas In Pyjamas, Play School, Spellbinder

Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair, The 7.30 Report, 60 Minutes, Today, Today Tonight

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, The Footy Show (AFL), The Footy Show (NRL), Gladiators, Hey Hey It’s Saturday

Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality: Ernie Dingo, Tim Ferguson, Sam Newman, Daryl Somers, Jo Beth Taylor

Most Popular Sports Program: AFL Grand Final, Australian Open Tennis, The Footy Show (AFL), The Footy Show (NRL), Gladiators

Most Popular Series: Blue Heelers, Fire, GP, Home And Away, Neighbours

Most Popular Drama: Banjo Paterson’s The Man From Snowy River, Fire, Halifax fp, Law Of The Land, Police Rescue

Most Popular Comedy Program: Frontline, Full Frontal, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Jimeoin, Just Kidding

Most Popular Comedy Personality: Andrew Denton, Tim Ferguson, Jimeoin, Daryl Somers, Magda Szubanski

TV Week Logie Awards industry-voted categories:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame; Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor; Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress; Most Outstanding Achievement In Drama Production; Most Outstanding Documentary; Most Outstanding Achievement In News; Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs; Most Outstanding Achievement In Comedy; Most Outstanding Achievement By A Regional Network

russellgilbertdermottbreretonJust for kicks
Russell Gilbert, currently working on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, is set to co-host a new football show for Foxtel. Footy Fever is to be presented by Gilbert and now retired footballer Dermott Brereton. Brereton is no stranger to television, having appeared for several years on In Melbourne Today and In Sydney Today and more recently as a panellist on The Footy Show in Melbourne.

The Crying Game
It was an emotional return to Blue Heelers for former cast member Ann Burbrook. After her character Roz Patterson was written out of the series in 1994, she is now returning following the death of Roz’s estranged husband, Wayne (Grant Bowler), to claim his body and arrange for its burial. “It wasn’t difficult at all for me to cry through the episode,” Burbrook told TV Week. “When I remembered the fun times Roz had had with Wayne and imagined him being in that box, the tears just flowed.” Since leaving Blue Heelers, Burbrook has worked on Law Of The Land and Banjo Paterson’s Man From Snowy River and is soon to appear in the new ABC series, Mercury.

garyeckkatrinawarrenLooking snappy!
The success of Nine‘s Just Kidding has led to Network Ten bringing Candid Camera back to TV. The new look to the classic format will be hosted by stand up comedian Gary Eck and Totally Wild‘s Katrina Warren. As well as featuring new gags, the new Candid Camera will include some of the classics from the American original dating back to the 1950s. “I’m the first to agree that the black-and-white shows are by far the best,” Warren told TV Week. “In the Fifties, people were so much more gullible.” The last time Candid Camera was attempted on Australian television was back in 1989, also on Ten, with the show hosted by Tony Murphy and Lisa Peers.


  • Jacqueline McKenzie is tipped to join Josephine Byrnes and Rebecca Gibney in the new Seven Network mini-series Kangaroo Palace. The mini-series, set in the Sixties, will be filmed in Melbourne and London.
  • Word from behind the scenes at Home And Away is that Michael (Dennis Coard) is to exit the series in dramatic fashion. The storyline is set to feature the return of Michael’s son, Haydn (Andrew Hill), for the funeral.
  • New sitcom project Skin Deep is to go to pilot stage for ABC later this month. Set in a beauty parlour, the series tells the story of two sisters (played by Jane Hall and Sandy Ireland) who are reunited after one was given up for adoption. Also cast for the project are John McTernan (Cop Shop, GP) and Robert Grubb (The Flying Doctors).

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 17 March 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 World Cup Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka Nine Sun 2555000
2 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1945000
3 JAG Seven Mon 1931000
4 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1877000
5 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1820000
6 Special: 40 Years Of Television Seven Mon 1800000
7 Better Homes And Gardens Seven Tue 1741000
8 National Nine News Nine M-F 1713000
9 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1678000
10 National Nine News Nine Sun 1667000
11 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1655000
12 Chicago Hope Seven Wed 1623000
13 Special: Nude Moments Seven Thu 1593000
14 The Nanny Ten Sun 1534000
15 Our House Nine Wed 1524000
16 Ellen Seven Thu 1495000
17 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Nine Tue 1475000
18 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1470000
19 Home And Away Seven M-F 1460000
20 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1460000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, April 6-12):
Saturday: Gladiators‘ International Series (7.20pm, Seven) reaches its Grand Final, followed by Saturday Night Football (8.30pm, Seven), featuring West Coast Eagles versus Brisbane Bears, live from Perth.

graemeblundellSunday: Graeme Blundell (pictured) and Debra Byrne star in Cross Turning Over, the final episode of Naked: Stories Of Men (8.30pm, ABC). Sunday night movies are The Diamond Trap (Nine) and The Super (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Water Rats (7.30pm, Nine), Frank Holloway (Colin Friels) is accused of taking a bribe when he is caught on film collecting an envelope containing a large sum of money that’s been left in a waterfront warehouse. In Healthy Wealthy And Wise (7.30pm, Ten), Ross Greenwood looks at the rights and obligations of shoppers and consumers; and Tonia Todman takes the humble tea towel and transforms it into a colourful decor item. In Pacific Drive (11pm, Nine), Callie (Danielle Spencer) walks out on Rick (André Eikmeier), but accepts his simple and heartfelt apology.

Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Libby (Kym Valentine) and Rupert (Tobi Webster) find themselves on the wrong side of the law. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), Sonia (Zoe Carides) becomes entwined in a disastrous domestic situation. Jana Wednt‘s new current affairs program, Witness (9.30pm, Seven), debuts with reporters Graham Davis, Paul Barry, Mark Llewellyn, Tracey Bowden and Prue Lewarne.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Fisher (Norman Coburn) and Marilyn (Emily Symons) resume dating. In Fire (9.30pm, Seven), Jean (Liddy Clark) finally uncovers evidence to break Jimmy’s (Kim Gyngell) insurance scam.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Debbie (Marnie Reece-Wilmore) confesses to Phillip (Ian Rawlings) that Rosemary (Joy Chambers) accused her of having an affair with her boyfriend.

Friday: Paul McDermott hosts the new panel show Good News Week (8pm, ABC), featuring Kate Fischer. AFL Live (8.30pm, Seven) features Adelaide Crows versus Geelong, live from Football Park, Adelaide.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 6 April 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.




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